Beng Mealea, Siem Reap Province

Discovered in the jungle, the gigantic ruins of Beng Mealea offer fabulous scenery reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie. Built in the early 12th century, possibly as a prototype to Angkor Wat, this enormous temple complex is surrounded by a huge moat measuring 1.2 by 0.9 km (0.75 by 0.56 mi). Feel the power of nature as you admire intricate stone carvings and finely chiseled blocks of stone covered by lush vegetation. Roots and crowns of ancient trees protruding from even older stone structures provide shade. Some tours include lunch served under a tent next to the ruins, but regardless of how you visit the complex, you should stick to the boardwalks and beware of snakes. Plan trip to Svay Leu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • We arranged a driver to take us on an overnight trip to Preah Vihear and, to us, it was definitely worth the time and money. We left Siem Reap early in the morning and stopped at Beng Melea for a...  more »
  • It's very different than any other temples and if you have time come visit. A place full of mystery and excitement. Have a nice spot.  more »
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